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Old 12-29-2007, 11:27 AM
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Posted By: S Gross

Doug,

To answer your original question, no your not insane to crack out a $2500 card. I'm a crack-head myself,* I've cracked $25, $250, and $2,500 cards, all for the same reason: I like them better raw.

So, if I resale a more expensive "cracked" card, I send it in and have it graded. No big deal. I realize I've added nothing to this thread other than the old: Do what you like to do with your hobby (Just my opinion, of course .)









* Screw driver side hit, then switch to oyster knife, and "shuck" card out.

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Old 12-29-2007, 11:41 AM
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Posted By: Doug

I probably would have left it alone if it looked like that PSA 6 Mathewson in that other thread, but it was pretty solid for the grade so if I have to resubmit it in order to sell it I feel pretty safe that it would regrade if not possibly get a bump on a good day. Thanks everyone for the info!

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Old 12-29-2007, 11:57 AM
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Posted By: Jeff W.

It really depends on the card.

I am putting a low to mid grade T206 set together right now. Almost all of the cards that I buy are graded, however, due to the size of the set and the value per car card, I chose to crack out each card. The cards looks outstanding raw and in 15 card pages.

All of my expensive cards I choose to keep graded for two reasons.First, is that each card is really protected in a slab. Second, there is a chance that if I decide to crack out the card and then resubmit it at a later time, it could recieve a grade lower. Unfortunately, that is something that we as collectors must deal with.

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Old 12-29-2007, 12:09 PM
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Posted By: steve yawitz

Having been everything from a PSA Set Registry Kool-Aid drinker to a militant member of the Slab Liberation Army, I'm now content to be somewhere in the middle. I still much prefer the look, feel and, yes, smell of raw cards to graded cards, but for pragmatic reasons I do keep some cards slabbed.

With the exception of major HoFers or difficult fronts or backs, I keep my T206's raw. I figure about 95 percent of my in-progress set is raw. If I ever get to the point where I consider my collection complete - and I'm not sure that I will because I'm one of those dorks who just has to have 31 different Ed Konetchy cards - I'll probably crack 'em all out and put them in plastic pages for ease of viewing.

On the other hand, I've been keeping my non-T206's graded or - gasp! - even submitting the raw ones to SGC. I'm comfortable selling raw cards and I hope people feel comfortable buying raw from me, but I suppose it's generally easier to sell graded cards. Because I limit my non-T206 collection to a set number of cards, I do almost as much selling as buying, so it makes sense to have as large a group of potential buyers/bidders as possible.

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Old 12-29-2007, 12:33 PM
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Posted By: Steve Dawson

If I may paraphrase Whitney Houston...


Cracking is Wacky!!



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Posted By: Doug

So I'm guessing I can sum this all up as if you are planning to sell it, leave it alone, or if you are going to keep it do whatever you want.

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Posted By: Marty

I had a Mantle card in a PSA 6 holder that had a crease at the top. PSA changed the grade and gave me the difference in credit for the invoices that I was giving them. Ith was early this year in Chicago.

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